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One dead, two flee as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

AFP  |  Tunis 

A boat carrying migrants trying to reach from capsized overnight, with one person killed, a security source in the North African country said.

The makeshift vessel transporting the young Tunisians from Zarzis, in the south of the country, had been at sea for about 21 hours, said a source in the Sunday.

It overturned near the Tunisian island of at around 3:00 am, and soon after fishermen raised the alarm and the intervened, the Guard's said.

The body of one migrant was recovered, seven were rescued, and two other people fled, he said, adding they were suspected of being the boat's and the person who organised the crossing.

While their number has decreased, many Tunisians still risk their lives by trying to cross the to reach in search of work or a better life.

More than 4,500 Tunisians arrived illegally in between January and September, compared with 6,092 for the whole of 2017, according to the EU-member's interior ministry.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 06:00 IST